Three December delights from Bonhams

Just four days after its Bond Street Sale, Bonhams will hold its final classic car auction of 2015, the December Sale, comprising a bumper 87-lot catalogue. We’ve chosen our three favourites…

1985 BMW M635CSi

A Classic Driver favourite, the BMW M635CSi is a shark-nosed businessman’s express with a dollop of '80s flamboyance (especially in white) and a large scoop of punchy, motorsport-derived performance. This white example with oxblood leather is one of some 500 built in 1985, and has allegedly covered 59,000 miles from new. It also boasts the desirable tinted glass electric sunroof and, with an attached pre-sale estimate of £20,000-25,000, to say there are some tempted faces in the office would be an understatement.

1972 Citroën SM

Good Citroën SMs are notoriously difficult to find but, if Bonhams’ catalogue description of this car is to be believed, this manual example could be a winner. Having resided in Greece with one family for the last 40 years, the car is reputedly rust-free. It’s also had its 2.7-litre Maserati V6 bored out to three litres, and a recent re-spray in its original ‘Sable’ metallic. SMs will always be desirable to those in the know…

1989 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Lister Convertible

When Lister got its hands on the Jaguar XJ-S, the resulting car was a very different animal from the refined, luxury car upon which it was based. What’s more, interest in these '80s tuning specials is on the rise. Mind you, at £53,505 (ex. VAT) for a full conversion back then – on top of a donor vehicle – this perfectly fine red example’s pre-sale estimate of £25,000-30,000 today is a tempting proposition. 

Photos: Bonhams

You can find the full catalogue for Bonhams’ December Sale 2015, taking place on 10 December in London, listed in the Classic Driver Market.